Price Increases from 1st February

Hi everyone,

As much as I hate doing this kind of thing, due to rises in the cost of living and so on, some of my prices will be increasing slightly from 1st February 2018. Here is a summary of the changes (if the service isn’t mentioned in the list below, the price isn’t increasing):

Cover reveals are increasing from £25 to £26.

Release blitzes are increasing from £25 to £26, with the review option add-on increasing from £5 to £6.

Blog tours are increasing from:

One week – £30 to £32.

Two weeks – £50 to £52.

Three weeks – £70 to £72.

Four weeks – £90 to £92.

Bear in mind that all these prices are in British pounds, as I’m in the UK. This, however, does NOT mean I only deal with UK clients – far from it. But I quote in British pounds since I invoice in British pounds – PayPal and their exchange rates will do the rest.

Thanks,

Lucy

Writer Marketing Services Needs Your Votes!

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year to you all! Here’s to a fabulous 2018 for all of us.

I’m just stopping by quickly to let you know that, in a great start to the year, WMS has been nominated in the Preditors and Editors Awards for Promotional Firms, Sites and Resources. I’m up against some really tough competition, so every vote counts! It’ll just take you a couple of seconds. I’d really appreciate it. Thank you.

Here’s the link: http://critters.org/predpoll/promotions.shtml

Thanks!

Lucy

Another Satisfied Customer!

“Lucy did a fantastic job organising my blog tour. She offered helpful guidance and invaluable advice, and was most patient with my many questions. I feel much more confident about book marketing now, thanks to her sound input and calming presence. She connected me with bloggers and other authors I never imagined I would cross paths with personally. I would not hesitate to recommend Lucy’s expert services, and very much look forward to working with her again.” JL Peridot

Find out more about blog tours and book yours here.

New Service: Newsletter Creation

Hi everyone,

This is just a quick note to let you know that Writer Marketing Services has added a new service to its portfolio: newsletter creation.

For more information and pricing, click here.

Thanks,

Lucy

How to Schedule a Post in WordPress

Here’s a quick how-to post detailing how to schedule a post in WordPress. Essential knowledge for regular bloggers, those that host blog tours, or if you’re going to be away from the computer for a few days. It means you can simply set up your post, then forget about it until it goes live. (Please note: Occasionally, WordPress will miss schedule with a post, so please keep an eye out for that. But it’s incredibly rare.)

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1. Log into your WordPress site as you would normally, then navigate to create a new post.

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2. Write your post as you would normally.

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3. Under the ‘publish’ box, click ‘edit’ next to the part that says ‘publish immediately’ and you’ll see a series of pull down lists and boxes where you can enter the date and time you’d like the post to publish. Fill them in with the date and time you want to schedule your post for.

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4. Click ‘OK’, then click the ‘schedule’ button.

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5. You’re all set! Navigate back to your ‘posts’ menu, and you’ll see your scheduled post sitting above your already-published posts with a message next to the post title saying ‘scheduled’ and the date over on the right hand side so you can see at a glance when it’s scheduled for.

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If you found this article useful, please consider sharing it with others. Thank you!

WMS Christmas Break!

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know that Writer Marketing Services is now on Christmas break. There are no more blog tours now until the new year. 2016 – wow, how did that happen?

I hope you have a fantastic holiday season, and here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect in the early part of next year…

In the meantime, if you send me a message, I’ll be slower than usual replying due to the holidays, so please bear with me.

Happy Reading!

Lucy

How to Schedule a Post on your Facebook Page

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NOTE: A Facebook page is different to your Facebook profile. This article applies only to pages. You can’t schedule on profiles.

1. Navigate to your page on Facebook.

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2. Compile your message as normal in the Status box.

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3. Click the little white down arrow next to the Publish button. Click Schedule.

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4. Select the date and time you want the post to go live. Click Schedule.

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5. And you’re done! Up until the time your scheduled post goes live, you’ll see a box towards the top of your page where you can access your scheduled posts.

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6. Click See Post to view all the posts you have scheduled. From here you can also edit or delete them if you wish.

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Happy Scheduling!

Lucy

Creating a Universal Amazon Link for your Book

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It’s a pet hate of mine when authors post book links and only include an Amazon US link. Yes, it’s the biggest market. I get that. But there are lots more of us all over the world who shop at Amazon and might want to buy your books – so make it easy for us – and yourself.

First step – sign up for BookLinker. Create your account, and when it’s all sorted and ready to go, carry on reading.

1. Navigate to your page on Amazon (it doesn’t matter whether it’s UK, US, CA or wherever…)

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2. Select the entirety of the link in the address bar, and copy it (just like you’d copy and paste anything else)

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3. Open a new tab/window, and navigate to Booklinker.net. Then go to the ‘create link’ page. Paste your link into the space provided, and hit ‘create universal link.’

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4. You’ll then be prompted to select a prefix from the drop down menu on the left. Do that, selecting your preferred prefix. Then type your preferred suffix in the box next to it. When you’re happy, click ‘create link.’

045. That’s it! It really is as simple as that. You don’t have to worry too much about remembering the URL, because it’ll always be stored in your BookLinker account. All you have to do to access the menu is use that little blue box with the three white lines in the top-right hand corner.

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6. Now go on… share your link with the world! People will click on it and automatically be directed to their local Amazon store. And the best part? Log back into BookLinker afterwards and you’ll be able to see statistics for where in the world people are when clicking your links. You’ll be surprised…

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As well as for books, this also works for your Amazon author page. And, for those of you that are members of Amazon’s affiliate scheme, be sure and visit the ‘My Account’ page, scroll down and enter your affiliate tags to increase your earnings potential.

Happy Linking!

Lucy

20% Off Anniversary Sale!

Hi everyone,

Wow – doesn’t time fly? A cliché, but so true. This month signals four years of Writer Marketing Services!

To celebrate, I’m offering a 20% discount on any blog tour* purchased this month. That is, paid for. You don’t have to take the tour this month, you don’t even have to book it yet, if you don’t have a release in the pipeline, or you’re waiting on release dates for something. Just purchase and pay for your chosen length of blog tour by the 28th February, and if you don’t want to book it right away, I’ll bank it for you and you can take it whenever you like.

Interested? Then head here and check out the packages, FAQs, etc, then fill in the sign up form when you’re ready. I’m expecting a lot of takers on this special offer, so please give me a few days to contact you after you’ve filled in the form. If you don’t hear from me by the end of February, don’t panic, the time up details come through to me with timestamps, so I’ll know that you signed up in time, even if I don’t manage to contact you in time. Chances are I will, but it just depends how many people are up for bagging a bargain!

Thanks!
Lucy

*Please note, a maximum of two blog tours per customer can be purchased using this special offer.

What Is Thunderclap and Why Use It?

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I’m sure some of you have seen messages and notes about Thunderclap floating around the web and wondered what it is. I know I’ve had several clients ask me about it, which is why I’m writing this post.

Basically, it is a free promotional tool (though there are paid options you can explore) to help you get the word out about something. For the purposes of this post, I’ll use books as an example, as it’s what I deal with.

You sign up for a free account at Thunderclap.it, and follow the simple instructions to set up your campaign. Use graphics from your book if you can, as that way you’re increasing visibility of your book to those that click through to support your campaign. Spend some time crafting your message, adding some relevant hashtags if you’ve got room – bear in mind that this message will go out once and hopefully to an awful lot of people, so you want it to have punch, something to really make people want to click on the link you’ve provided. I’d also recommend only opting for 100 supporters the first time around – it sounds like a small number, especially if you have lots of social media savvy friends, but it’s tougher than you think to get people to click that link.

Once you’re happy with what you’ve done, submit your campaign and wait for Thunderclap to approve it (you can speed this process up by paying, but I’ve never done this). Then, when approval arrives, the really hard work begins. You have to get supporters.

Supporters are the whole point of Thunderclap – they’re the ones that are signing up to send out your message on the date and time you’ve selected. I think, since Thunderclap is fairly new, that people may be shying away from supporting Thunderclaps as they don’t fully understand what it means. So, in a nutshell, here goes: supporters are pledging to help you, by donating a Tweet, a Facebook status or a Tumblr post (or indeed, any combination of those three). That’s all. They’ll see the message they’re pledging to send out, hit those support buttons, and, providing you get enough supporters to “tip” the campaign, their social media account/s will automatically send out the message on the date and time you’ve selected.

The point of all this? Well, since we’re talking books – it’s to drive sales. If you have an upcoming book, you can set something up in advance to go out on your release date – then you’ve got a while to promote the Thunderclap, get your supporters and then you’ll get a big boost on social media on the day, which will hopefully get people clicking those buy buttons and pushing you up the respective retailer charts. Cool, huh?

There is more to it than just getting the supporters, though. Sorry to complicate matters 🙂 Ideally you need supporters that Tweet/share/Tumble about books in your genre – so in turn their followers/friends/etc are more likely to be interested in your book. Also, it goes without saying that the more followers/friends/readers your supporters have, the more people are likely to see your message once it goes out. So if you can attract people with a large reach on social media, all the better.

But to keep things simple, maybe start out small, and once you’ve dipped your toe in the Thunderclap water and seen how it all works – you can be more adventurous next time.

Bottom line: make sure you’ve crafted a powerful message to go out, that will catch people’s eyes and make them want to click. Then sit back and (hopefully) watch your sales increase.

Want to see how it works from a supporter’s angle? Here are three Thunderclaps you can sign up for (and I’d be grateful of your help):

Timeless Desire – M/F erotic romance story

Little Boxes – contemporary romance novel

To Rome with Lust – erotic romance novel

I hope this has helped you. Feel free to share far and wide on the web, to help people gain an understanding of how it works. If I get lots of questions and queries, I may do another article at a later date with more specifics.

Happy Promoting!

Lucy